Can Microsoft 365 replace Office 365?

Is it just a case of ‘what’s in the name’ or more so for Microsoft Office 365?

Highlights:

  • Microsoft 365 can replace Office 365.
  • Nadela says Microsoft will focus more on its consumer products.
  • Microsoft 365 is a Windows 10 + Office 365 offer for startups right now

You probably already know what Office 365 is. It is Microsoft’s longest-running suite of productivity tools like Word, Excel and PowerPoint offered as a subscription-based service for Windows and Mac users. Microsoft 365, on the other hand, is less well known. It’s a comprehensive solution that includes Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security Services. According to a recent statement by Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO at The Verge, the Microsoft 365 could soon overtake the Office 365.

Asked about Microsoft’s focus on consumer products at a recent media event, Nadela admitted that the American software company “made a bunch of mistakes by just entering every category, because we are a software company.” Speaking about software subscriptions, the 51-year-old CEO commented, “I think of Microsoft 365 as a two-way market. What we’re doing with Office 365, or what we’ll be talking about soon as a Microsoft 365 customer subscription, will again be entirely consumer business. “

Microsoft launched Microsoft 365 in 2017 but only for business, enterprise and education partners. If we were to speculate, one of two things could happen when Microsoft 365 expands its reach to customers: Microsoft 365 replaces Office 365 as an offer, forcing users who already have Windows (or MacOS) to purchase a package. There are both Office and Windows 10 OS; Or Microsoft 365 replaces Office 365 but only as a brand, allowing users to choose the services of their choice at the time of purchase. For example, customers can only buy Windows 10, or Office 365 only, or both when purchasing a Microsoft 365. Knowing Microsoft, the latter is more likely to happen.

Office 365 is currently available to customers in three variants: personal and home. While personal expenses are Rs 4,199 per year and valid for a single user, home expenses are Rs 5,299 per year and valid for six users. In both variants, the buyer enjoys access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote (bundled in Windows 10 by any means), access and publisher access. Customers will also benefit from one terabyte of online storage space on OneDrive.

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